Eric has served as Executive Director since he co-founded the organization in 2002. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002, where he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Ilan joined EIP in 2004, after practicing environmental law with a firm where he litigated water issues on behalf of landowners and conservation groups. He previously played a key role in developing and drafting Texas anti-pollution laws. Ilan received his law degree from University of Texas, and his B.A. from University of Texas at Austin.
Mary has been with EIP since 2013 after many years of teaching and practicing environmental law. She has previously worked for the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. EPA where she specialized in complex CWA, RCRA, and CERCLA cases. Mary holds both a law degree and B.S.B.A. from University of Florida.
Chief Financial Officer
Karen joined EIP in 2010. She has worked in nonprofit management for over fifteen years, and was most recently with Georgetown University at the School of Foreign Service. Previous to that, Karen was the Executive Director of Hands Along the Nile Development Services, and has served on a number of local nonprofit boards. She holds both a Master’s degree in Economic Development, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Director of Communications
Tom joined EIP in May 2014 after working for more than five years as Senior Writer and Investigative Reporter for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. From 1997 until 2008, he was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, where he was twice named one of the best environmental reporters in America by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Before his work at The Sun, Tom wrote for The Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and several other publications. He lives in Baltimore and hosts the weekly public radio program, "The Environment in Focus with Tom Pelton," which airs every Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore and five other stations in Annapolis, College Park, Frederick and Ocean City.
Director of Development
Christine joined EIP in March of 2016. With 20 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, she previously worked as Director of Development at Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). She founded the Center for Safer Wireless and served as Vice President of Finance and Development at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Christine was also Executive Director of the Autism Society of America, Northern Virginia Chapter. For nine years Christine worked at the National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center as a Senior Program Leader and Grants Administrator. She holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from American University.
Patton focuses on enforcement of environmental statutes and other environmental litigation. Before joining EIP, he was a litigator at two large law firms in Atlanta, where he worked on lawsuits at the trial-court and appellate level in state and federal courts across the country. Patton graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the Georgia Law Review. He holds a B.A. from Rhodes College.
Gabriel Clark-Leach joined EIP as a Fellowship Attorney in 2010 after completing two post-graduate public interest clerkships with EIP. Prior to joining EIP, he was a law clerk at the Caddo Lake Institute, and Lowerre, Frederick, Perales, Allmon & Rockwell. Gabriel graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors where he was a member of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. He also graduated with a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from SUNY, Buffalo.
Leah Kelly joined EIP in 2011. Prior to joining EIP, she spent three years working at a small public interest oriented law firm in upstate New York, focusing on land use and environmental matters. Leah graduated from Boston College Law School in 2007 with a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law. During law school, Leah worked as an intern with Alternatives For Community and Environment, as a summer law clerk with the Southern Environmental Law Center, and as a student attorney with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2002 with a B.A. in English.
Sparsh Khandeshi joined EIP in 2009 and is a staff attorney for our Refinery program. He advocates on behalf of refinery communities to strengthen laws limiting pollution from refineries and to ensure that existing laws are adequately enforced. Sparsh received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale College in 2004 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2009.
Adam came on board with EIP in 2011. He previously worked as a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC, where his work focused on freshwater aquatic species, climate change, and energy development. Adam has worked on a variety of water quality issues in Georgia and Alabama. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, as well as a B.A. from University of Virginia.
Abel works on litigation and research related to coal ash, agricultural sources of water pollution, and risk assessment. He joined EIP in 2010 after graduating from Vermont Law School, where he served as an editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and as a clinician with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Abel worked in the field of human health risk assessment as a research associate and as a toxicologist. He graduated from Clark University and received his M.A. in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark in 2000.
Lisa Widawsky Hallowell
Lisa has worked to reduce pollution from coal ash disposal sites in Pennsylvania and nationally since she joined EIP in January
2009. She graduated cum laude with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was a student clinician with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, served on the editorial board of the Environmental Law Journal, participated in the Environmental Moot Court Program, and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a B.A. in Environmental Geography and a focus on Environmental Policy Analysis.
Sylvia joined the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) as a law fellow in 2015 and focuses on environmental justice and water pollution issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During law school, Sylvia interned for EIP, the Environmental Law Institute, U.S. EPA Region IIII’s Office of Regional Counsel, and in the Land Law Section of the California Department of Justice. Prior to law school, she worked as an analyst at an environmental consulting firm. Sylvia also holds a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Area Studies, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania
LaToya has been a member of the EIP team since 2010 and is responsible for administering the execution of internal and external initiatives. Prior to joining EIP, she worked with the Department of Energy and was an Environmental Biology Scholar and Research Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation. Most recently, she taught Biology and Environmental Science at the Maya Angelou Academy. She holds a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Howard University.
PA Coordinator, Community Outreach
Lisa has been a community advocate for over 20 years. Since joining EIP in 2009, her efforts to protect human health from power plant and oil and gas pollution have grown from the community to the regional and national level. Lisa has conducted extensive reviews of permit files for EIP, helped to identify violations, and organized citizen testimony at numerous public hearings before local, state and national agencies. Lisa was invited to speak before the National Academy of Sciences in October of 2004 in Washington, D.C., advocating for more effective regulation of coal combustion waste disposal. Ms. Graves-Marcucci is a life-long resident of Pittsburgh’s Monongahela Valley and is a graduate of Duquesne University.
Senior Research Analyst
Courtney joined EIP in 2013 after earning a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. While at Duke, she earned a certificate in geospatial analysis and was an environmental analyst with the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. She previously worked as a paralegal in the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division. She also holds a B.A. in public policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Kira joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2014. Prior to EIP, she worked as a contractor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs and interned with the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. She has earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from George Mason University.
Keene joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2016. Before joining EIP, Keene biked across the country from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA, where he and two friends raised money for Conservation International. He has also earned a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.